Capital Connections Event

We are excited to share information about an upcoming event that could be incredibly beneficial for your business! The Access to Capital event is taking place on June 1, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 01:00 PM at the CSN – North Las Vegas Campus, and it’s free to attend.

This event is designed to connect you with investors, lenders, and resource partners who can help fuel your business growth. You will have the opportunity to participate in an access to resource panel, where experts will discuss the various resources available to support your business. The breakout sessions will cover essential topics such as access to investors, grants, and lenders, providing a comprehensive overview of the different financing options. You’ll also gain valuable insights from our grants panel and learn strategies to boost your sales through our access to revenue workshop.  To top it off, the event offers one-on-one meetings with financial experts, giving you personalized advice and guidance tailored to your business needs.

Event Details:

  • Date: June 1, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 01:00 PM
  • Location: CSN – North Las Vegas Campus, Tyrone Thompson Student Union, 3200 E Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030
  • Registration Link:


  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Networking
  • 8:30 AM: Access to Resource Panel
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Breakout Sessions (Access to Investors Panel, Access to Grants Panel, Access to Lenders Panel)
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Access to Revenue Workshop
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: One-on-One Meetings

We believe this event can provide you with the resources and connections necessary to take your business to the next level. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Only Hispanic-Owned Radio Station in Nevada Honored at SBA Award Luncheon

Fiesta 98.1 FM has just been recognized by the US Small Business Administration at this year’s SBA Award Luncheon held on May 2, 2024 at IPEC Las Vegas. As the only Hispanic owned radio station in Nevada, Fiesta 98.1 received the SBA’s Microenterprise Small Business of the Year Award. Founding Managing Partners, Rafael Cerros Jr and Rogelio Regalado were on hand to accept the award.

Please read the full article here.

Nevada CRP Incubator Business Bootcamp

Unlock your startup’s potential with our Free Capital Readiness Start-Up Business Bootcamp! Dive into an 8-week, expert-led journey that not only shapes your business vision with the Business Model Canvas but also opens the door to funding opportunities for obtaining your business license. This no-cost bootcamp is your ticket to transforming ideas into action.

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CSN Blackstone LaunchPad Side Hustle Expo: A Celebration of Student Entrepreneurship!

The Inaugural CSN Blackstone LaunchPad Side Hustle Expo took place on Thursday, March 28th from 3PM – 5PM at the CSN North Las Vegas campus. The event, which was held in the June Whitley Student Lounge, offered a platform for our amazing students to showcase their talents and side businesses.

With students using tri-fold boards provided by Blackstone LaunchPad to present their ventures, the atmosphere of the Expo resembled that of a dynamic science fair, filled with creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit. Those in attendance said they were impressed by the diversity and ingenuity on display.

“The CSN Blackstone LaunchPad Side Hustle Expo was a resounding success,” said Eric Garner, Director, CSN Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development. “Our goal was to give students the opportunity to share their visions and dreams and it was evident these young entrepreneurs were really excited to be there”.

Organizers of the Side Hustle Expo said this event was not just about showcasing businesses, but also fostering a supportive community for student entrepreneurs. Attendees had the opportunity to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable insights from industry professionals.

The first-place winner was CSN Sophomore, Salvador Duer, who launched his landscaping business, Duer Does it Green, 4 years ago.

“I was ecstatic when I found out I won,” said Duer. “I wasn’t expecting it but this win has boosted my confidence to keep going after my dream of running my business full-time. My advice for other young business owners is to go after your passion. I see myself now starting a movement for eco-conscious lawn care which I think is very important here in Nevada”.

The second-place winner was Alyssa Daniel with her crochet business, Arttzyee.

CSN Business student Charity Logan was among the student entrepreneurs who took part in the Side Hustle Expo. She showcased her current side business, Haunted Confections, a baked goods decorating business with a “Halloween” twist.

“I have always been passionate about sweet treats and also horror-themed things,” said Logan. “This side business is a way I get to be creative and hopefully earn some extra money as well. I was excited to take part in this expo because it will allow me to learn how to network and share the story of my business with the community”.

In all, close to 40 student entrepreneurs took part in the event, and over 100 people attended. The top winners received more than $4,000 in prizes, which included cash and Macbooks.

Photos from the event can be found online here.

Funding Options for Your Business with Expert Panel

SCORE Las Vegas is pleased to present a Small Business Funding panel designed to answer questions for those in business and those looking to start a business. Panelists include representatives from traditional and alternative funding sources. Each panelist will provide a short overview about their funding organizations in terms of what they look for when meeting with potential clients and what is required to secure access to capital.

We will then open the workshop up to the audience to ask questions of the panelists.  Each panelist will provide some thoughts on today’s financing environment and then time will be made available to have your own questions answered. We hope to see you there!

Please register here

How MBDA Can Help Black Entrepreneurs Elevate Their Business in 2024

Join us for a virtual webinar where we will bring MBDA’s equities together to discuss the programs and services they offer to assist entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their businesses. More specifically, this event will provide participants with knowledge and tools to make informed decisions, including understanding market trends, accessing capital, analyzing financial data, negotiating contracts, and evaluating different business strategies. Representatives from MBDA™’s Leadership Team, Business Centers, Enterprising Women of Color program, Capital Readiness Program, and Federal Procurement Center will help MBEs to use MBDA™’s tools and resources to learn how to stay abreast of industry trends, embrace change, and develop creative solutions to challenges, fostering success and a culture of innovation within their businesses.

Please register here.

NV Grow is Featured in Nevada Independent’s Spanish Podcast: Cafecito Nevada

The Nevada Independent en Español, the Spanish branch of the nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website, The Nevada Independent, featured NV Grow in their podcast: Cafecito Nevada. With the goal to disseminate information and resources to the ever growing Latino community of Nevada, hosts Luz Gray and Michelle Rindels interviewed NV Grow’s Spanish representative and PR and Marketing consultant, Idania Ramirez. 


In Nevada, more than 30% of the population is Hispanic, according to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau, many of whom are also business owners. In fact, more than 18% of all businesses in Nevada are Hispanic owned, a larger number compared to the average 6.5% of Hispanic-owned businesses in the country. That is more than 50,000 Hispanic owned businesses in Nevada, many of whom are in need of resources to help their businesses grow and are now aware of the services NV Grow offers thanks to the podcast episode: Nevada y Un Programa Para Pequeños Negocios on Cafecito Nevada.  


In the Spanish interview, that can be listened to on Spotify here, Idania Ramirez explained the resources NV Grow provides which includes business consulting, website services, marketing and PR services, financial guidance and much more. With lack of access and knowledge of assistance programs serving as the main barrier for business growth in the Hispanic population in Nevada, fear in looking for resources due to immigration status also serves as a major contributing factor as to why Hispanic businesses may not look for or know of resources like NV Grow. Nevertheless, there are opportunities for immigrants to also receive assistance, of which was explained in the podcast interview. 


With success in helping many Latin businesses in Nevada grow, like Filoso, Milpa, Fiesta 98.1, Mylofleur, Luis’ Cocina and many more, NV Grow continues to help increase economic development in the state by providing paid for services, guidance and networking opportunities not only to Hispanic businesses in the state, but also to women-owned business, veteran owned business and other minority owned businesses. 


With a recurring message shared in the podcast episode of, “We are here to help. There are many resources that can help your business grow. Don’t be afraid. Please reach out,” the Spanish episode involves more information that can be beneficial for you or your loved one.


To listen to the entire podcast episode, visit the link below:


Nevada y Un Programa Para Pequeños Negocios on Cafecito Nevada.  

NV Grow Clients Win Awards in Best of Las Vegas: Chocolatier 2023

Two NV Grow clients win titles in the infamous Best of Las Vegas awards, Chocolatier category, showing they truly dominate the chocolate industry in Vegas. With a leading gold award for NV Grow client, Sugar & Spice and a Bronze award for NV Grow client, LV Baking Company, both are on a path of growth to keep showing more locals that they truly have some of the best chocolate in town and a booming businesses you do not want to miss out on.

Rated as the best chocolatier of 2023, Sugar & Spice is now growing exponentially as they provide award-winning chocolate peanut butter balls with a deeper purpose. Employing at-risk foster youth and young adults with autism, Sugar & Spice serves a mission to create a safe place for youth that normally struggle to find employment by allowing them to create and package the products while also working on their self-development and futures. 


“Being named Best of Las Vegas in the “Chocolatier” category is an honor as it definitely leads to some bragging rights in our city,” says CEO of Sugar & Spice, Sheri Long. “My hope is that having this title will bring a curiosity to the people of Las Vegas and they will have a desire to try our Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls and check out why the hype.”


They provide delectable treats that have a smooth chocolate on the outside with a light and delicate creamy peanut butter krisp crunch on the inside. It’s the perfect treat for yourself and loved one that not only tastes good, but helps you feel good by knowing you’re helping youth get ahead in life. After receiving services from NV Grow in brand messaging and social media strategy, Sugar & Spice is only getting started and is expected to grow exponentially. 


“As a small business owner doing it all, NV Grow has been a resource to assist in areas that may not necessarily be my strong point,” says Sheri Long, founder of Sugar & Spice. “I have learned new ways to approach various aspects of sales, promotion, and social media content. Having the assistance of NV Grow has provided a sense of security in knowing that there are supportive resources out there for small businesses assisting in many forms, and always as a silent cheerleader that is “on call” when questions may arise.”

Long time award winning bakery, Las Vegas Baking Company, placed bronze in 2023 while also placing silver in 2022 followed by bronze in 2021 and 2020. The baking company that offers bread with no preservatives, no bleached flour and is baked fresh on site everyday, is also growing in success through their famous and delicious chocolates which include truffles, dipped berries, designed sculptures, cakes and many more. For more than 15 years, they have been baking fresh, natural bread and creating high quality chocolates in the heart of ChinaTown while now also providing their delectables to casinos on the Vegas strip. “[Winning these awards has been] a great accomplishment for me and my staff, considering all the talent in this town,” says CEO of Las Vegas Baking Company, Cory Fields.


After receiving marketing services by NV Grow which included marketing strategy, video production services, financial assistance and more, Las Vegas Baking Company is definitely a bakery you do not want to miss out on. NV Grow has helped me expand my advertising and labor budget and in turn I have been able to hire additional staff, also increase my advertising program,” says Cory Fields, owner of Las Vegas Baking Company. “I felt that with the assistance of NV Grown, it has had a positive impact on my business, not only from the grant but from the personal attention I received from everyone involved with the program!”


Both businesses have received assistance from NV Grow through the Clark County Technical and Economic Assistance Program (TEAP) where NV Grow has served as subject matter experts providing paid-for consultants and financial advisors to help both businesses grow. 


NV Grow is very proud of Sugar & Spice and Las Vegas Baking Company for their hard work. It is an honor to serve you both. 


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